Rapid Relief Team (RRT) volunteers from across the US mid-west and beyond came together to support Kentucky communities devastated by a powerful tornado in December.

Locals were left in shock and facing a significant clean up and recovery task because of the severe storm.

Towns in Kentucky were scenes of devastation when Brethren charity RRT arrived

Towns in Kentucky were scenes of devastation when Brethren charity RRT arrived

RRT teams from Columbus, Indianapolis and Knoxville banded together to provide assistance in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The Rapid Relief Team is made up of volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church – and they were on the ground serving hot meals and providing relief to impacted families.

Brethren charity RRT provided a little bit of comfort to devastated Kentucky communities

Brethren charity RRT provided a little bit of comfort to devastated Kentucky communities

The area was declared a federal disaster zone, and thousands of locals faced homelessness, as well as food, water and power shortages.

In the immediate aftermath of natural disasters, this means ensuring some of the most basic elements are catered for as they are typically in short supply – food, water and shelter.

Brethren charity RRT provided comfort to those hit by Kentucky tornado

Warm food, a warm smile and a cuddly toy provided some comfort to locals

The RRT were able to assist and volunteers quickly assembled to provide support where it was most needed.

This included providing frontline snack packs and soft toys of Cookie the Kookaburra to local families and children affected by the tornado and hosting a large catering event to support displaced locals and first responders.

The team also walked door-to-door delivering snack packs to those in need.